spatter


1spat·ter

verb \ˈspa-tər\

: to cause drops of a liquid to be thrown forcefully in different directions

Full Definition of SPATTER

intransitive verb
:  to spurt forth in scattered drops <blood spattering everywhere>
transitive verb
1
:  to splash with or as if with a liquid; also :  to soil in this way <his coat was spattered with mud>
2
:  to scatter by or as if by splashing <spatter water>
3
:  to cover with or as if with splashes or spots
4
:  to cast aspersions on :  defame <spattered my reputation>

Examples of SPATTER

  1. The dog jumped in the pool and spattered us with water.
  2. His clothes were spattered with paint.
  3. When you cook bacon, the grease spatters everywhere.
  4. He showed me how to use the paintbrush so the paint wouldn't spatter.

Origin of SPATTER

akin to Frisian spatterje to spatter, Middle Dutch bespatten to splash
First Known Use: 1600

Related to SPATTER

2spatter

noun

: a mark made when something wet hits a surface

Full Definition of SPATTER

1
a :  the act or process of spattering :  the state of being spattered
b :  the noise of spattering
2
a :  a drop or splash spattered on something or a spot or stain due to spattering
b :  a small amount or number :  sprinkle <a spatter of applause>

Examples of SPATTER

  1. There were grease spatters all over the wall.
  2. The floor was covered with spatters of paint.
  3. There was a lot of paint spatter on the floor.

First Known Use of SPATTER

1797

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